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IVAN REITMAN (Director/Producer), one of the industry's most renowned and prolific directors, has created an impressive string of international box-office sensations.

Reitman currently heads Northern Lights Entertainment, a highly regarded film and television production company. Among his most recent productions are Warner Bros.' "Fathers' Day," which he also directed; the hit live-action/animated feature film "Space Jam," starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny; and Howard Stern's "Private Parts."

Reitman's other directing credits include "Meatballs" and "Stripes" (launching the career of Bill Murray); the two now-classic "Ghostbusters" films; and "Dave," the much-acclaimed political comedy starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Reitman has also produced such hits as the groundbreaking box-office smash "National Lampoon's Animal House" and the hugely popular family features "Beethoven" and "Beethoven's 2nd."

With the box-office smash hit "Twins," Reitman created an entirely new comedic persona for action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, and forged a personal and professional relationship with the movie megastar that continued with "Kindergarten Cop" and "Junior." Acclaimed dramatic actors such as Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Sigourney Weaver, and Emma Thompson have also revealed untapped comedic talents under Reitman's direction.

In 1984, Reitman was honored as Director of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners and the next year received a Special Achievement Award at the Canadian Genie awards. In 1979, and again in 1989, Reitman was honored with the People's Choice Award for "Animal House" and "Twins." In November 1994, Reitman became the third director in Variety's six-decade history to be honored in a "Billion Dollar Director" salute.

In addition to his achievements in film, Reitman has also forged a formidable career on television. He recently produced the HBO telefilm "The Late Shift," based on Bill Carter's late-night television wars exposé. The highly acclaimed production won seven Emmy Award nominations. Other recent producing endeavors include "Commandments," starring Aidan Quinn.

His television projects include the Emmy-nominated children's show "The Real Ghostbusters" and the Saturday morning animated series "Beethoven" for CBS. He is presently working on a new animated children's show, "Mummies."

Reitman was born in Czechoslovakia and fled with his family to Canada at age four. He attended Canada's McMaster University, where he produced and directed several television shorts. He followed these with a live television show, "Greed," with Dan Aykroyd as its announcer. "Spellbound," which Reitman produced for the live stage, evolved into the Broadway hit "The Magic Show," starring Doug Henning. He continued producing for the stage with the off- Broadway hit "The National Lampoon Show," and returned to Broadway to produce and direct the musical "Merlin," earning a Tony nomination for directing.


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